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The Oxford History of the Crusades [Paperback]

By Jonathan Riley-Smith (Editor)
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A comprehensive history of the crusades ranges from the eleventh century to modern times and includes commentary on the art and architecture associated with the crusades and insights into the history of the knightly orders.

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In this collection of essays, the story of the Crusades is told as never before in an engrossing and comprehensive history that ranges from the preaching of the First Crusade in 1095 to the legacy of crusading ideals and imagery that continues today. Here are the ideas of apologists, propagandists, and poets about the Crusades, as well as the perceptions and motives of the crusaders themselves and the means by which they joined the movement.
The book's coverage ranges from the elaborate social and civic systems that arose to support the Crusades to in-depth and vivid descriptions of the battles themselves. The contributors provide keen and insightful commentary on the reactions of the Muslims to a Christian holy war. Also included are studies of crusades outside the eastern Mediterranean region as well as post-medieval crusades.
By describing the combat and homefront conditions, by evaluating the clash (and coalescence) of many cultures, by tracing a legacy that continues in our conflict-ridden present, and by documenting the enduring artistic and social changes that the Crusades wrought, A History of the Crusades offers an unsurpassed panorama of one of the great movements in western history. All students of medieval culture, religion, politics, and/or history will find in these pages a highly useful, thorough, and contemporary account of that movement.

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The Oxford History of the Crusades by Jonathan Riley-Smith has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 884

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages   488
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.72" Width: 5.36" Height: 1.03"
Weight:   0.74 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 13, 2002
Publisher   Oxford University Press
ISBN  0192803123  
ISBN13  9780192803122  

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Jonathan Riley-Smith, Dixie Professor Emeritus of Ecclesiastical History at the University of Cambridge, is the author of nine books, including The Knights of St. John in Jerusalem and Cyprus, c. 1050-1310; The Feudal Nobility and the Kingdom of Jerusalem, 1174-1277; What Were the Crusades? fourth edition; The First Crusade and the Idea of Crusading; The Crusades: A History, second edition; The First Crusaders, 1095-1131; and Templars and Hospitallers as Professed Religious in the Holy Land.

Jonathan Riley-Smith has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Cambridge.

Jonathan Riley-Smith has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Bampton Lectures in America
  2. Oxford Illustrated Histories

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outstanding  Feb 17, 2009
I found this guide to the Crusades to be very well written. It tends to be somewhat on the dry side - published by Oxford University Press, that shouldn't come as any surprise. While somewhat dry at times, it provides the reader with a wealth of quite invaluable information on the Crusades, how they were financed, who participated, their thoughts, battles ... Over all, this is a superb book. I wish that more information would have been provided about the influence of the Crusades on the Inquisitions and on the experiences of the other guys. It takes two to battle and the perspectives of the Monguls and Islamists and Jews and pagans and everybody else ... well, beyond mentioning of the experiences here and there, there wasn't much discussion. Of course, grammar and style were outstanding. The few photographs really didn't provide much information. It could also have benefited from comprehensive maps. I think that this is an excellent resource for the individual who wishes to better understand the Crusades, whether it be someone from the public or an undergraduate or, perhaps even a graduate student of history or religion. I give this an A-.

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